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Flames resign Paul Byron, four players still remain without contracts

27 Jul

In related news, Paul Byron was still a Flame?

You may not remember him because he missed 24 of the final 25 games of last season and Calgary’s 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Byron had surgery to repair a sports hernia in May and an operation on his wrist in June. He will have a pin removed from his wrist the first week of September and hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.

Paul Byron is the third (and final) Flame to avoid arbitration, signing a one-year, $900,000 contract with the Calgary Flames on Sunday. Byron (5-foot-7, 153 pounds) scored six goals and 19 points in 57 games with Calgary last season. He has 17 goals and 48 points in 138 NHL games.

Byron is a good energy guy, and you’re not really going to get an NHLer for much cheaper than that.

So who’s left without a contract?

So with the recent signings of Byron, Jooris and Bouma we have four players from last year without contracts. Of those there are really two of note (sorry Corey Potter and David Wolf) and they are David Schlemko and Micheal Ferland.

The best part of the Schlemko’s game was the Let’s go, Schlemko! chants from the crowd. I’m not sure he brought much value other than that. Now for this year, with seven NHL defencemen under contract –HamiltonWidemanBrodieGiordanoSmidEngelland and Russell – it’s unlikely that the Flames are going to persue the UFA before the start of camp. I think Smid and Engelland will have to earn back their spots as well with guys like Tyler Wotherspoon knocking at the door.

Micheal Ferland is another story. Although the body of work was small, I think the Flames, the fans and Ferland all saw what type of player he could be. Since the contract will likely be short because he’s still unproven combined with the fact that he’s a restricted free agent mean that Ferland will be signed for around the $1M-1.5M mark.


Anaheim Ducks 3, Calgary Flames 2 – Ducks win series 4-1

11 May

And just like that, the Calgary Flames season is over.

The score was a lot closer than the game was, kind of like how the whole series has been. With the exception of game 1, where the Ducks scored on their chances, Calgary made the games closer than they probably should have been. Anderson was not great and Karri Ramo was exceptional, and that’s why we ended up with three close games to close out the series. In game six the Ducks outshot the Flames 47-19, including 7-0 in overtime.

“We had a chance but you lose a game, you lose a game,” Ramo said. “It’s a pretty empty feeling right now. It’s a tough team we played against. I think we can be proud.”

It was a fantastic season when you consider this was the first year of the rebuild, hopefully the experience in the playoffs makes the team grow up quicker and they come out next year hungry.

I’ll put together a season wrap-up post once the sting of losing out in the second round of the playoffs wears off.

It was a season full of surpassed expectations in Calgary and possible foundation blocks laid for future success. The Flames were predicted to finish near the bottom of the NHL standings by most preseason pundits, but Calgary not only reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs and finished ahead of the 2014 champion Los Angeles Kings for the final spot in the West, it also defeated the Vancouver Canucks and reached the second round for the first time since 2004.

The Flames did so despite losing defenseman Mark Giordano, a Norris Trophy contender, to a season-ending injury. Calgary will need to improve its depth, particularly on defense, and fix its issues with possessing the puck, but Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett could be an elite young core to build around.


Anaheim Ducks 4, Calgary Flames 2 – Ducks lead series 3-1

09 May

This game came down to one play at the very end of the second period. With the game tied at 2, and the horn for the second intermission already sounded, Joe Colborne took a 4-minute high-sticking penalty. The Ducks scored on the first one in the third, and then shut down the Flames for the rest of the game.

Similar heroics like we saw Tuesday night were not to be had, even though the script was almost identical. That goes to show how one bounce or save or whiff on the puck can be the difference in a game.

Although the series isn’t officially over, it is as close to over as you can get. It’s like they aren’t mathematically eliminated yet, as long as they win out and the team they are chasing has to lose the rest of their games. Wait a sec… that’s exactly what it is.

“We can talk about Johnny. We can talk about [Colborne]’s penalty,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “We will learn. They’re two great kids. It’s sad because we paid on both of those situations, but there comes a point as a coaching staff that you don’t want those plays but you have to look at the individuals.

“They’re two unbelievable kids. They want to learn, and when we talk about experience, those situations will make them better. Tonight we’re paying a big price, but at the same time, those guys will be a big part of our team. They made us win way more games than they made us lose.”


Matt Beleskey scored the game-winning goal, and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves to lift the Ducks to a 4-2 victory against the Calgary Flames on Friday in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at Scotiabank Saddledome.The Anaheim Ducks are one win from the Western Conference Final.


Calgary Flames 4, Anaheim Ducks 3 (OT) – Ducks lead series 2-1

06 May


So much happened in the final 5 minutes of that game, really the final period and overtime, I don’t know where to start.

I guess with the Bennett non-goal. So kudos to the crowd for making such a stink for the linesmen to look up to the bench to have Hartley make the nod to get the ref to review the crowd. That’s right, I’m giving the fans credit for that one. It was close, but I have to believe the Situation Room back in Toronto has a lot more camera angles than we get to see. Since I was at the game we only saw the replay before they were going to review it, once a goal is under review they don’t show the crowd anymore. Since the overhead angle didn’t show the puck cross the line I believe that the puck wasn’t in, the camera angle that did show it in I think the puck was up in the air and that’s why you see white underneath.

But that didn’t matter (thankfully).

Because with two minutes remaining Stajan almost cost the Flames the season when he took a goaltender interference penalty. I think the officials feared that they’d be hit with beer if they didn’t call offsetting penalties with that much time to go in the game. So now 4-on-4, Hartley pulls the goalie?! So with two minutes to go – I can’t stress that enough – it’s 5-on-4, and then the Ducks take a delay-of-game penalty! So now we’re 6-on-4, and with 20 seconds to go in the game Johnny Hockey scores to tie the game at three. Gaudreau had done nothing all game, and he comes through at the end.

Then overtime. Karri Ramo, who didn’t look too sharp but then would come up with some out-of-his-mind saves when he needed to. Ramo made the save in OT that probably (again) could have ended the season, and the Ducks shortly after had a delayed penalty coming. Then Backlund – who also didn’t do much for the game – scores in overtime. Are you kidding me?

The Flames opened the scoring, but only led for a couple minutes before Anaheim tied it. The Ducks then take the lead 2-1. Then Joe Colborne scores a breakaway shorthanded beauty of a goal to tie the game at two midway through the second. The Anaheim scores soon after to retake their one-goal lead. The 3-2 score stood for all but the last 20 seconds of the third period. Then you all know what happened after that.

Mikael Backlund couldn’t have picked a better time to score his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal.

Backlund scored 4:24 into overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Scotiabank Saddledome.

“That was something I’ve been dreaming of, something I’ve told myself before the third period I was going to do,” Backlund said. “I’ve got to go in with that mindset if I want to play well. That’s what I was just trying to tell myself.

“It was an amazing feeling. It’s hard to describe. I didn’t believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it’s just an unbelievable feeling. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don’t think I’m the same caliber player he is so I couldn’t do it.”


Anaheim Ducks 3, Calgary Flames 0 – Ducks lead series 2-0

04 May

The positive part of this loss is that Calgary was only behind by one goal for most of the game. The Ducks were flying in the first, and Ramo had to make save after save on Ducks’ 2-on-1s as the Calgary D were definitely trying to jump up on the rush. Anaheim wasn’t having it, and Calgary had to do some major line juggling to get something started in the second.

The second period was much better, Calgary and Anaheim were pretty evenly matched, and the Flames had their chances to tie the game. Even in the third Calgary had their opportunities, but every time they did Anderson stood tall. Or it was Matt Stajan or Mayson Raymond on the ice so there was little threat.

“I think we’re a really good team and we battle hard for each other,” Andersen said. “Even on a night like today, when we didn’t score as much as we wanted, especially in the first period, we just kept going and kept coming at them. There’s not a lot of teams that can handle that.”

Now they come back to Calgary on Tuesday and the hope is that the home crowd can motivate a win out of these guys. Remember that the Ducks played in Winnipeg and the Jets faithful couldn’t will their team to even one win on home ice.


Anaheim Ducks 6, Calgary Flames 1 – Ducks lead series 1-0

01 May

Well if the Ducks had any rust on them, they managed to shake it off early.

Josh Jooris had a clear breakaway 2 minutes into the game, but was stopped by Hiller-replacing Anaheim netminder Frederik Andersen. After that it was all Ducks. Actually it wasn’t even that much all Ducks, Calgary played well enough to keep the game close, but Jonas Hiller was not good. Hiller has to be the difference maker if Calgary wants to have any shot at winning round 2. Hiller was shaky, and Ramo was not much better in relief.

And even though the score was 6-1, that wasn’t the worst part of the night for the Flames. Both Juri Hudler and Michael Ferland left the game with injuries. Jiri Hudler took his last shift 4:00 into the second period, and forward Micheal Ferland left in the first period. Yikes.

There was no third-period drama between the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim showed what a week’s worth of rest and preparation will do for the top-seeded team from the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Corey Perry had two goals and two assists and Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and three assists to help Anaheim overpower Calgary 6-1 in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Thursday at Honda Center.

And since it’s come up a bit, here is the schedule for the series:


Calgary Flames 7, Vancouver Canucks 4 – Flames win series 4-2

26 Apr

Good morning Flames fans! Or good afternoon, I should say, last night was probably a late night for you.

Well the Calgary Flames found a way again. Jonas Hiller, who’s been spectacular all series was pulled after letting in two goals on three shots. Karri Ramo came in net and then let in the first shot he faced. It was not looking good for the home team. After being down by three goals (in 9 minutes and on 4 shots), Michael Ferland scored with three minutes to go in the first period to pull the Flames within two goals after 20 minutes.

But Calgary would find a way. The top line (Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Juri Hudler finished the night with 10 points) scored the next two goals to tie the game at three. But Vancouver wasn’t going to let the game get away from them that easy. The Canucks scored the next goal to retake the lead, 4 to 3, heading into the third period.

Jiri Hudler – the only one on the top line who hadn’t already scored this game – tied the game at 4 which sent the Saddledome into a frenzy. Then, with just 4 minutes to go in the game, Matt Stajan picked the best possible time to score his first ever playoff goal. That goal was the biggest scored by the Flames in over a decade. I’ve been giving Matt crap all year, but you have to appreciate what he did for Calgary last night. Here is what that sounded like.

The Flames, who won the best-of-7 series 4-2, will face the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Second Round.


Vancouver Canucks 2, Calgary Flames 1 – Flames lead series 3-2

24 Apr

Calgary had a chance to win this series in five, but they knew that it was going to be tough in Vancouver against a team that is facing elimination. I thought that the game was pretty close, although Vancouver had a lot more shots than Calgary did, the Flames had a few really good scoring chances, hit a couple posts and jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

Miller and the Canucks held on through the first period to keep it within a goal, and eventually one of their 43 shots went in. Hiller was outstanding, just eventually one (or two I guess) of those shots are going to beat him. The crowd in Calgary should be ready to go on Saturday, and that could make a big difference in upping the energy of the Flames. If they can score first again, then the game on Saturday is as good as over.

“We know they are not just going to go away easy,” Hiller said. “They played their best game. We weren’t able to match that. But we’ve proven we always find a way to step it up to get better and hopefully with the home crowd we’ll be able to finish it off.”

However, if Vancouver is able to win one by scoring early and often in Calgary, then that’s going to set up a classic game seven matchup between these two rivals.

Daniel Sedin scored the go-ahead goal 1:47 into the third period to lead the Canucks to a 2-1 win against the Flames in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Arena on Thursday.


Calgary Flames 3, Vancouver Canucks 1 – Flames lead series 3-1

22 Apr

The second playoff game in Calgary in 6 years was impressive for many reasons, and not the typical reasons why Calgary Flames wins are impressive.

First, Calgary came out flying. They were hitting everything, they possessed the puck, their power play scored on its first two attempts, and Hiller didn’t allow a bad goal. The Flames jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead, which turned out to be the final score, and that was probably the most impressive feat of all.

The fact that Calgary only allowed 3 shots in the second period was impressive. Now the Canucks did get 15 shots in the third, but at no point in the final 40 minutes did you ever think that Vancouver had all the momentum and if they could only get one then the game was back on.

Both Michael Ferland and Sam Bennett drew penalties, but didn’t take any. Calgary blocked 29 shots in the game and Hiller was still a very impressive .966 save percentage. Calgary chased Eddie Lack after 20 minutes, I guess the chanting got to him.

Kevin Bieksa‘s comments on Michael Ferland were pretty funny, that he was irrelevant. Especially when Bieksa has already been trying to beat up Ferland when he’s not expecting it. My favourite was Bieksa’s slow-motion face when he got hit in the first period.

Now Calgary goes back to Vancouver for a chance to clinch the series in five. Vancouver Canucks are a desperate team now and at home will give it everything they’ve got. If Calgary can score twice in the first period, and keep hitting hard with the aggressive forecheck, then they have a shot at winning in five. Although I really don’t think Vancouver will go quietly into the night. This series will be headed back to Calgary for game six.

On another note, Juri Hudler has been nominated for the Lady Byng, and you have to believe he’s the front-runner. Kopitar is deserving but couldn’t lead his team to the post season, and Pavel Datsuk wins it every year. So, isn’t this the year for the Flames to get some hardware?


Calgary Flames 4, Vancouver Canucks 2 – Flames lead series 2-1

20 Apr

Calgary wanted to make sure that they took advantage of the energy in the Saddledome last night and the home fans were not dissappointed. Calgary played well, Hiller made some huge saves, the top line started to look like a top line, Ferland and Jones were hitting everything that moved, Stajan didn’t screw anything up too badly and Sam Bennett scored his first NHL goal — a playoff game-winner.

With the game out of hand, Dan Hamhuis threw an Illegal Check To Head against Sam Bennett which started the melee. Then Alexandre Burrows ran Johnny Gaudreau headfirst into the boards. Burrows took a boarding and an insigating penalty (he then dropped the gloves against 5’6″ goon Kris Russell), so we’ll There were 10 penalties in the final two minutes of the game.

Bennett’s first NHL goal stood as the game-winner and Jonas Hiller made 23 saves to lead the Flames to a 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round on Sunday. This sets up things nicely for game four at the ‘Dome on Tuesday.


Other things of note:

* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 18 years, 303 days old, Bennett became the second-youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal. Jarome Iginla holds the franchise record when he scored on April 23, 1996 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (2-1 3OT L) at 18 years, 297 days old.

* Bennett’s goal stood as the game-winner, making him the youngest player in franchise history to score a game-winning goal in the postseason. In fact, Elias says Bennett is the youngest player in NHL history to score a playoff game-winning goal in regulation. However, three other players in NHL history have scored postseason overtime-winners at an age younger than Bennett. They include Don Gallinger of theBoston Bruins on March 21, 1943, vs. Montreal Canadiens (17 years, 339 days), Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche on April 26, 2014, vs. Minnesota Wild (18 years, 237 days) and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron on April 9, 2004, vs. Montreal (18 years, 260 days).

* T.J. Brodie (1-1—2) recorded his first career multiple-point game of the postseason. Brodie’s goal and assist were also his first playoff points in a Flames uniform.

* Sean Monahan scored his first career playoff goal on a power play. Brandon Bollig opened the scoring with his first playoff goal as a member of the Flames.

* Mason Raymond (0-1—1) had his first playoff point as a member of the Flames in his first game of this postseason. David Schlemko (0-1—1) recorded the first playoff assist of his career while Mikael Backlund(0-1—1) and Joe Colborne (0-1—1) registered the first playoff points of their careers.

* Jonas Hiller made 23 saves to win his second game of the series and improved to 14-13 in 29 career postseason appearances.

* Kris Russell (0-1—1) extended his playoff point streak to a career-high three games (2-1—3).

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